Things to do in Perth on the weekend

Perth welcomes you with open arms and sunny skies! Now that you’ve conquered the jetlag, aced your first week of classes, and put the stress of getting your student visa 500 all behind, you're ready to explore!
But where do you even begin? Fear not, this guide is here to transform your weekend from ordinary to extraordinary. Buckle up for adventure, cultural immersion, and memories you'll cherish forever!

Key takeaways

  • Perth offers a vibrant mix of city adventures. It has stunning beaches and historical gems, and all are nearby.
  • Explore for free at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Fremantle Markets, and Elizabeth Quay.
  • Enjoy tasty Swan Valley wines. Meet cute quokkas on Rottnest Island. Or, get your heart racing with water sports.
  • Public transport and day tours make exploring a breeze, even for budget-conscious students.
  • What are some fun and exciting things international students can do in Perth on the weekend?
    Perth is for all kinds of weekend warriors. You can be a history buff, a nature lover, or a beach bum. But what epic adventures await you? Get ready to buckle up. This guide goes beyond tourist stuff. It shows you how to experience Perth like a local.

    Top exciting things to do in Perth
    Perth's city centre offers a dynamic blend of history, culture and modern energy. Here's how to immerse yourself in its heart:

    1.Dive into Perth's vibrant city life

  • Start at Elizabeth Quay. Take a slow walk along Elizabeth Quay, Perth's beautiful waterfront area. Watch boats bob on the Swan River. Enjoy a scenic ferry ride or eat at one of the many cafes and restaurants with lovely river views.
  • Explore the Perth Cultural Centre. This architectural gem houses the Art Gallery of WA, the State Library, and the Museum of WA, Boola Bardip. Immerse yourself in local and global art shows. Delve into WA's rich history or catch a live performance.
  • Wandering through Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a must-do on any Perth trip. No visit to Perth is complete without it. Kings Park is known as one of the world's largest inner-city parks. Hike or cycle through native bushland. Marvel at city views from the DNA Helix. Or, just relax with a picnic under the eucalyptus trees. Don't miss the Botanic Garden. Here, you’ll get to marvel at Western Australia's diverse plant life for free.
  • Take a day trip to Fremantle: Perth's historic port city, brimming with maritime charm. Wander through the Fremantle Markets. They are a treasure trove of local crafts, artisanal treats, and fresh food. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison and learn about Australia's convict history. History buffs will also love the Round House, known as the oldest public building in Western Australia.
  • Catch a game at Optus Stadium. See the exciting atmosphere of a live event there. Cheer on the West Coast Eagles AFL team. Watch a high-octane cricket match or catch an international soccer game.
  • Unwind in Northbridge: Experience the multicultural heart of Perth in Northbridge. Explore the labyrinthine laneways lined with trendy bars, international restaurants, and hidden gems. Catch live music performances, indulge in a delicious meal, or simply soak up the lively atmosphere.
  • 2. Embrace Perth's Foodie and Outdoor Adventures

    Perth is a haven for both adventurous foodies and outdoor enthusiasts, offering the perfect blend of culinary delights and outdoor adventures. It has treats and sunshine, and it has nature's wonders—a must for the adventurous soul. Here’s what you must definitely check out.

    Soak into the Foodie Paradise:

  • Explore the gourmet at Swan Valley. Escape the city and go on a food adventure in Swan Valle,– Australia's oldest wine region. Sample award-winning wines at cellar doors and enjoy delicious meals with fresh, local produce. Explore gourmet chocolate shops and cheese factories.
  • Indulge in waterfront dining at Elizabeth Quay. Savour waterfront dining at its finest. Elizabeth Quay has a vibrant array of restaurants and cafes, from fresh seafood platters to international cuisine. Enjoy a lunch with great marina views or indulge in a romantic dinner under the twinkling city lights.
  • Savour your tastebuds at Northbridge:Explore the multicultural flavours of Northbridge, from busy Asian food courts to real Italian food. You’ll also find trendy fusion at hidden laneway restaurants. Northbridge is a foodie's playground, offering endless options to baffle your taste buds.

  • Escape to an Outdoor Adventure:

  • Unfold the beauty of Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Immerse yourself in nature at Kings Park, one of the world's largest inner-city parks. Hike scenic trails where you can see the stunning city view and see vibrant wildflowers (in season). You can also learn about Aboriginal bush tucker at the interpretive centre.
  • Bask in turquoise water at Cottesloe Beach. Enjoy a sunbath with pure relaxation. Try surfing or stand-up paddle boarding, or simply swim and lounge on the white sands. Don't miss the chance to snap a photo with the famous Cottesloe Beach pylon.
  • Take a ferry ride to Rottnest Island. Since it’s a car-free paradise, you can fully explore the island by bike while taking in all its natural beauty. You can start by either snorkelling in coral reefs full of marine life or meeting the adorable quokkas – marsupials found only in Western Australia.
  • 3. Explore Perth`s nightlife and entertainment

    Don't miss Perth's lively nightlife after exploring and unwinding. Northbridge is the city's entertainment hub, with pubs, clubs, and live music venues for all tastes.

  • Quirk your way at Hay Street: On Perth's main shopping strip, you can stroll under malls and browse major department stores and trendy boutiques. You’ll find everything from fashion and footwear to souvenirs and art supplies. Don't miss iconic landmarks like the Hay Street Mall and get photos with quirky street performers!
  • Hillarys Boat Harbour transforms at night. Sip cocktails and savour seafood with stunning marina views. Night owls will love the music and energy spilling from waterfront bars, particularly Bar 1 Nightclub. If dancing the night away isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of spots for a relaxed evening.
  • Tips on planning your Perth weekend getaway as international students

    1. Match your interests to your itinerary Craft your Perth escape to match your passions! History buffs can explore Fremantle's convict past. Nature lovers can hike Kings Park or snorkel at Rottnest Island. Foodies will love Swan Valley's wineries and Perth's multicultural cuisine. Art enthusiasts? The Art Gallery of WA awaits! Plan your itinerary around your interests for an unforgettable weekend adventure. If you and your friends are more up for long rides, check out these road trip ideas in Perth.

    2. Accommodation with student flair Crash on your Perth getaway! Hostels offer digs and a social vibe. Check if your university has weekend dorm stays. Apartments with mates split the cost. Feeling adventurous? Consider camping (with permits) at Kings Park or Rottnest Island for a nature fix. Plan your outfits based on your style and budget!

    3. Student discounts are your best friend! Student discounts are your secret weapon for conquering Perth! Flash your student ID for savings on attractions, restaurants, and tours. Many museums offer free entry on specific days, so plan ahead. Perth caters to student wallets, with discounts and free activities to stretch your weekend budget!

    4. Embrace the free stuff Perth bursts with free fun! Explore Kings Park's plants. Soak up the bustle at Fremantle Markets. Stroll along scenic Elizabeth Quay. Better yet, pack a picnic for a park lunch and enjoy free concerts or festivals happening during your stay. Perth offers a treasure trove of free experiences – embrace them and save some cash!

    5. Weather matters all the time Sunshine awaits in Perth! Pack for warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are year-round essentials. In winter, bring a light jacket and comfy shoes. You will use them to conquer Perth's sights in breezy comfort. Plan your outfits based on the season for a stress-free weekend adventure.

    6. Be a smartphone-savvy Download essential apps to conquer Perth like a pro! Use Transperth for smooth public transport journeys. Find free Wi-Fi with the Free Wi-Fi Finder app. It will also be helpful to read this welcome guide to Perth so you’ll get familiar.

    7. Embrace the unexpected Sometimes we have the best experiences when we don't plan them! Talk to locals. Explore hidden laneways. Try a new activity. You never know what gems you might find.

    These tips will help you conquer Perth on a weekend. Remember, the key is to have fun and make memories in your new Australian home.

    Making the most of your Perth weekend on a budget

    As a student, exploring Perth on a budget is easy. Many museums and galleries offer free entry on specific days. Kings Park and Botanic Garden are always free. CAT buses offer free transportation in the city centre. Student discounts are available at various places. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park. Take advantage of Perth's many free events and festivals throughout the year. So, what are you waiting for? Perth is your weekend playground. It offers a kaleidoscope of experiences for the adventurous. Explore the city. Embrace the outdoors. Create unforgettable memories in your new Australian home. Perth is a great city to see while studying in Australia, and before you know it, you’ll find yourself applying for a student visa extension to stay longer!

    by Raquel Valle (KBA Global)

    Image: Attached (credit @anton.wilk)